It has been almost a year and a half since we moved back. I’ve recently spent some time reflecting on the past year and all that has happened. I’ve also spent time thinking about the future and setting some goals. I guess I wouldn’t call them goals… more like a general direction. Goals to me feel a little bit too much like New Year’s Resolutions and we all know what happens to those by February 1st.
My health in the last year has been not-so-good. I had my bout with the kidney stones. I still have a couple rolling around but so far have not had any more issues. Quick – knock on the largest piece of wood you can find! Then I had the opportunity to experience the ever lovely Bartholin abscess. We don’t need to talk about that. Ever. Recently I had a slight scare with an oncology appointment scheduled by my doctor. Everything came back extremely healthy (yay me!) but that didn’t explain the swollen lymph nodes and other random symptoms. They went away and the doctor wrote it off as a random virus. Ha. Guess what happened this month? They’re baaaack. Of course they are. But this time I realized that these symptoms appeared at the same time as my other monthly visitor… coincidence? I think not. Time for another round with the doctors.
My health issues plus a desire to be healthier in general has lead to a modification to our daily food habits. We’re incorporating more veggies and fruits and scaling back on the “meat” as the main portion of our meals. We also cut out cereal. I don’t know the last time we bought a box. Now we stick to eggs most of the time. Throw in some sausage, pancakes, waffles and oatmeal and you have most of our breakfast meals. It has meant getting up a little earlier but it’s so worth it. No more sugary carbs to fuel our mornings.
I’ve also started walking more. I walk a half mile every day at work and then I try to walk another half mile in the evenings with the dogs. The nice thing about taking the dogs is they get into the habit of walking rather quickly and if I try to skip a night they’re at the door crying and looking pathetic. I can’t resist those faces. The bad part is they fall out of the habit rather quickly too and by night 3 of no walking they’re laying on their bed snoozing away.
It’s not only health stuff that I’m working on these days. I’m also pushing myself to get out of my hermit hole and socialize more. I’ve re-connected with my best buddies from high school. It’s been a blast catching up but even better laying the foundation for a new relationship going forward.
I know that I haven’t been writing here much but I have been writing. I’m working on a story. I’ve gotten positive feedback and I’m excited to see where this story is going. Maybe one of these days I’ll post some of it here. We’ll see.
That’s a quick snapshot of where I am today.